Women are complex beings. Our physiology has different demands. We build strength differently and burn calories differently. Some of us manage stress by internalizing others have to sweat.
That said, we are also social beings that often rely on connection.
The Women’s Center at Anchor Wellness utilizes a collaborative approach between physical therapist, dietitian, health coach and movement specialist that help women excel.
Dr. Chavez Kline has been practicing women’s health physical therapy for over 6 years with a natural attraction towards treating women related issues as her own personal experiences developed. With an extensive background in therapeutic yoga and pilates driving her approach, pelvic health and function became intrinsically intertwined.
Dr. Chavez Kline’s uses a hands on approach to the neuromusculoskeletal system, improving body awareness and decreasing pain. Education on activity and behavior modification is keystone to decreasing the occurrence of problems. Furthermore, Dr. Chavez Kline believes that exercise programs should be designed to help patients stay empowered and strong.
Our mission is to give women the knowledge and power to regain health and control of their bodies in important areas like urinary incontinence, postpartum recovery, aging with strength and agility, and preparing for birth.
If you are unsure if pelvic health physical therapy is for you, reference the checklist below. If any of these apply to you, contact us with more questions!
During pregnancy ours bodies change quickly but that doesn’t mean you have to live in pain or discomfort.
◊ Hip, Sacroiliac Joint, or Pubic Bone (SPD) Pain, Low back, upper back, or rib pain
◊ Diastasis Recti (separation of abdominal muscle)
◊Bladder leakage, urgency or frequency
Today, Physical Therapists are uniquely equipped to help pregnant women optimize the performance of their body and preparation for delivery.
◊ Education is key: body mechanics to prevent low back pain, prevent urinary incontinence or vaginal organ prolapse, perineal massage to prepare tissue for expansion & pelvic floor muscle relaxation techniques.
◊You don’t have to give up exercise but work with a physical therapist to determine the best ways to do so safely including how to strengthen your pelvic floor and core muscle strengthening
You’ve had the baby and things just don’t feel right?
Post-partum can feel very lonely and isolating and putting you first can be challenging.
We know that women deal with long term effects of pregnancy and the goal of the American Physical Therapy Association is to help women sooner to prevent co-morbidities associated with pregnancy and delivery.
◊Pelvic floor muscle assessment and strengthening
◊Scar tissue massage
◊Low back, upper back, rib pain, hip, sacroiliac joint (SIJ), or pubic bone (SPD) pain
◊Incontinence (leakage) or bladder or bowel including urgency, frequency
◊Chronic constipation or hemorrhoids/fissures
◊Pelvic organ prolapse or vaginal pressure/bulging sensation
◊Pain with intercourse, pelvic exam, or tampon use as well as decreased sexual sensation or orgasm function
◊Posturing for breastfeeding to decrease neck, back, jaw, arm pain (including carpal tunnel)
◊Assess readiness to return to sport/exercise
◊Treatment of nerve injuries or other injuries sustained with childbirth or pregnancy
◊Dry needling for myofascial pain (trigger points) or scar restriction
You don’t have to experience pregnancy or delivery to experience pelvic floor pain or dysfunction.
◊Pelvic pain in the vagina, rectum, perineum, groin, urethra or bladder
◊Tailbone pain (“Coccydynia”)
◊Pudendal neuralgia or other nerve injuries
◊Endometriosis and menstrual pain
Provider: Certified Pilates Instructors
Our pilates instructors work along our Women’s Health Physical Therapist to design programs around the pre or post-natal woman’s body to enhance strength, prevent immobility and improve tolerance. By staying strong throughout your pregnancy, a woman can promote healing and speed up recovery after delivery. Additionally, by working with a peri-natal exercise specialist, returning to exercise after delivery is safe and affective, decreasing risk of postpartum diastasis recti or prolapse.
Provider: Amy Hollenkamp, MS, RD
Amy Hollenkamp, MS, RD is a Registered Dietitian. She received her certificate in Dietetics and completed her supervised practice (1200 hours of training) at the University of Cincinnati. Since becoming a dietitian, Amy has worked in private practice helping clients with complex gut and hormone imbalances find relief through diet, lifestyle and targeted supplement interventions. Amy worked as a research assistant while she completed her schooling with Laura Schoenfeld, a Registered Dietitian and Woman’s Health Expert. Amy was able to grow a deep understanding of woman’s health through her work with Laura.
Provider: Meredith Amann
Meredith is a certified Health Coach in addition to being certified Ashtanga, Yoga Tune Up® and Pilates instructor. Meredith found health coaching ad movement after years of climbing the corporate ladder following graduation from Miami University with a BA in psychology. With her eclectic background, Meredith works with people of all ages, from 3 year olds to adults and seniors.
With a natural calling to work with women, Meredith guides females through the obstacles that are self-limiting, whether it be low energy, weight gain or poor endurance. Meredith is currently pursuing advanced training in Somatic Therapy to enhance her client’s ability to connect mind and body.
Off the mat Meredith can often be found on the tennis court – as an athlete she is passionate about improving performance, enhancing mobility, preventing injuries and quieting the monkey mind.